OFF RCRD with Cory Levy
About This Show
OFF RCRD is a podcast where we uncover the hidden, behind the scenes thoughts and actions of successful people. We have guests such as Ashton Kutcher, Keith Rabois, Kevin Hartz to name a few that come on the show for to dig deep on how they made their success a reality. Hosted by Cory Levy, whom is an entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader on tech startups and entrepreneurship. As the Co-Founder and COO of After School — the largest teen-focused social network in the U.S. — Cory is helping redefine how young people connect, share, create, and engage in positive social change. Cory is also the Founder of Internapalooza — the premier one-day event for Silicon Valley Interns to meet with and learn from successful entrepreneurs and tech companies. Cory was named to the Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 list in the Dorm Room Founders and Consumer Tech categories.
Most Recent Episode
27 | SCOTT BELSKY: Doing Work You Love, Founder Mistakes, and Behance
4 days ago
After graduating from Cornell University, Scott Belsky, now a well-known founder and seed investor, took a corporate job at Goldman Sachs because that was what was accessible to him at the time. “I just absolutely hated it.” When trying to quit that job, his manager asked him what he would want to do instead. Scott explained his interest in leadership development and organizational management, and he was given a management consulting position that would change the course of his career. “I think it was during that period of time I fell in love with the idea of organizing and building culture and stuff like that,” says Scott.
Cory Levy, Co-Founder of After School and Founder of Internapalooza, speaks to Behance co-creator, seed investor, and author Scott Belsky in this episode of OFF RCRD. The two discuss Scott’s start in tech, his college experience, the beginning of Scott’s company Behance, mistakes founders make, and much more.
Scott’s new position at Goldman Sachs wasn’t his dream job, but it got him closer to his destiny. “I always advise people when they're choosing what to do next, I'm like, "Hey, don't optimize for the additional buck especially early in your career. Just do whatever you can to get incrementally closer to what you're genuinely interested in and what you have skills for or could easily learn and whatever opportunities are around you."
Scott’s interest and experience in organizational management led to the idea for Behance, which is now part of Adobe. “The idea was like, ‘Gosh, the creative world proclaims to be one of the most disorganized communities on the planet. Everyone almost wears disorganization as a badge of honor in the art and design worlds, to some extent or at least did, why not just try to help organize and get these people's careers on track and help designers have a more important role within their companies?"
Scott and co-founders bootstrapped Behance starting in 2005. Seven years later it sold for over $150M. “We built a very solid strategy and we built the culture that was very much grounded in the reality of a tight budget and out executing our competition. I think that those things helped us succeed over the long-term.”
Hear more from Scott Belsky in this episode of OFF RCRD. New episodes are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.